MONTREAL – The holiday season proved highly beneficial for the Hamilton Bulldogs, who’ve enjoyed tremendous success since late December.
Head coach Sylvain Lefebvre’s squad has picked up eight wins while suffering just four losses in their last 12 games. During that span, Hamilton also registered a six-game winning streak between Dec. 26 and Jan. 10.
The Bulldogs have been able to count on multiple offensive weapons in recent weeks. Six different players have lit the lamp at least two times each over the course of the last 12 games, while 20 players have made a mark on the scoresheet. Among them, Gabriel Dumont has been particularly impressive, amassing five goals and seven points. Young sensation Sven Andrighetto has also made notable contributions to Hamilton’s cause, racking up two goals and seven points as well.
The Bulldogs have also had plenty of help on offense from their defensemen. Greg Pateryn and Nathan Beaulieu have combined for five goals and 11 points. Prior to being called up by the Canadiens, Beaulieu was playing solid hockey, picking up six points in his last seven games.
In goal, Dustin Tokarski has been brilliant, posting a 6-3-1 record in his last 10 starts. His most recent performances earned him an invitation to the AHL All-Star Game, which will be held on Feb. 11-12 in St. John’s, NL. The 24-year-old netminder, who joined the Canadiens organization in 2012-13, leads the AHL with a 2.09 goals-against average. He also sits third with a .928 save percentage, trailing only Mike McKenna of the Springfield Falcons and Martin Jones of the Manchester Monarchs, who is currently playing with the Los Angeles Kings.
As a result of these standout efforts, Lefebvre’s contingent has vaulted back into the playoff hunt, currently sitting in 10th place alongside the Rochester Americans who rank eighth but still have two games in hand on Hamilton.
Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Matt Cudzinowski.
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